How does VCS safety test detention cells?

We have always prided ourselves on the depth of engineering and attention to detail in all of our vehicle conversions, and our police cell vans are no different.

One of the greatest challenges when engineering a cell van is ensuring the security of the detainee while retaining ease of operation for the vehicle’s crew.

Our vehicle cells are engineered with safety at their core – the construction features a sliding and a hinged door with slam locks, while the interior is lined with polycarbonate.

But how do we ensure that our cells offer the safety we expect them to in the real world?

To meet this challenge, we have developed our own procedure, which involves crash-testing our cell vans in laboratory conditions.

Our robust test verifies the integrity and safety of a cell under 20g deceleration, effectively replicating a 30mph frontal impact.

We modelled the procedure on criteria from the UN ECE R17 HyGe deceleration test with an unrestrained 75kg surrogate weight placed inside the cell. The test is conducted using the lowest specification vehicle within our offering, to ensure that our entire range would conform to our standard requirements, with many exceeding them.

Analysis of the vehicle following testing showed minimal distortion to the cell unit, with no retention bolts or fittings broken or damaged.